Decoding exercises: "ao"

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The letter combination "ao" has several different pronunciations; however the only common word is extraordinary. This article sets out some words teachers can use to help their students become more aware of the differences.

  • /ɔː/: extraordinary
  • /aʊ/: Bilbao - cacao - ciao /tʃaʊ/ - Maoism /ˈmaʊɪzəm/ - Maori /ˈmaʊriː/ - Sao Paulo /saʊ ˈpaʊləʊ/ - Taoism
  • /aɪ/: gaol,BrE now replaced by jail
  • /əʊ/: faraoh

Two different syllables[edit]

  • /eɪɒ/: chaos - chaotic - pharaonic
  • /eɪɔː/: aorta
  • /eɪəʊ/: baobab - Naomi /neɪˈoʊmiː, neɪˈoʊmaɪ, ˈneɪoʊmaɪ, ˈneɪoʊmiː/
  • /iːəʊ/: karaoke /kæriːˈəʊkiː/

Variant pronunciations[edit]

  • Laos: /ˈlaʊs, ˈlɑːəʊs, ˈleɪɒs/

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